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How to Change the Galaxy S7 Lockscreen & Wallpaper



This guide will explain how to change the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge lockscreen image and wallpaper. Now that Samsung’s new smartphones have been available for a few weeks we’re getting a lot of questions. And one that comes up often is something as simple as changing the wallpaper.

On March 11th Samsung’s two impressive new phones became available, and the bigger Galaxy S7 Edge is extremely popular. Here we’ll show owners how to change both the background wallpaper and the lockscreen wallpaper, for those that are new to Android. It’s a basic feature many don’t ever do simply because they don’t look through settings, but it’s actually extremely easy.

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both have beautiful 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD displays, one being 5.1-inches and the Edge coming in at 5.5-inches. The first thing you see when it’s turn it on is the lockscreen. This can be customized with any picture users would like, and the same goes for the background wallpaper. Let’s get started.


These phones are very advanced and loaded full of features, so it can be easy for users to get overwhelmed. For one, here’s 10 top settings all owners should change, and now lets customize that wallpaper.

Beginners or first-time smartphone (or Samsung) owners looking to change the wallpaper to a picture of their pets, kids or a pretty landscape photo or monument will be able to do so in a matter of minutes, or less. It’s something many people do often, but at the same time some leave the default image for months and months.

Part of the excitement of getting a new phone is setting it up the way you’d like, even if that can be a bit daunting for beginners. As a result, the easy to understand steps below will have owners changing the wallpaper on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in no time.


Changing the wallpaper or background image on the lockscreen can be done a few different ways, and to make things even better the lockscreen image can differ from the homescreen wallpaper. We’ll start with the easiest method first.

Tap and hold anywhere on your screen where there isn’t an app icon or clock/whether, and the screen will zoom out to a customize mode. From here you can rearrange icons, change what screen is the main screen when you hit the home button, as well as customize the wallpaper.

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So push and hold on the main screen and select “Wallpapers” on the bottom left. Now owners can choose from a list of pre-installed background wallpapers, or select “View Gallery” to find a photo or downloaded image off the device. Simply find or select the photo you’d like to use, and hit “Set Wallpaper”. As shown below, and we’re all done.


Pick something nice or find wallpapers downloaded from the internet or popular apps like Zedge, or simply scroll through the camera gallery until there is a photo or background worth using, and select it.

Lockscreen Wallpaper

Thankfully Samsung makes changing the lockscreen wallpaper just as easy, and gives owners a choice to change the homescreen, lockscreen, or both. Meaning each can be different as I have it, or they can be the same and changed at the same time with just a few taps of the screen.

Just as above, push and hold down on a blank area of the screen, then select “Wallpapers”. Once we’ve done this, the top left of the screen will say “home screen”. Select here and a menu will popup with options for home, lock, or both. Simply choose which you’d like to change (so select lockscreen) and follow the same instructions above to select a pre-installed image, or search for a photo from the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. Once you’ve found the image you’d like to use, hit “Set Wallpaper” again, and we’re all done.


There are a lot of different apps available from the Google Play Store users can download for custom wallpapers, or even live wallpapers that move with the display. Zedge is one of the most popular apps for lots of different customization as well.

Premium Wallpapers HD is another excellent choice, which works great and has HD wallpapers to better suite the 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD resolution on the new Galaxy S7. Good luck, and enjoy.



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  3. Bob Miller

    09/24/2016 at 6:18 pm

    I want to personalize my lock screen wallpaper not what they have. Galaxy s7

  4. Mike Shaw

    02/14/2017 at 11:06 am

    Great. Super helpful. I knew there was away to do this, but couldn’t figure it out.
    Thank you!

  5. Kasey Clark

    03/13/2017 at 6:00 am

    On my GS7, I have the “Samsung Themes” pre-load installed. I would like to use something not associated with Samsung Themes but can not find a way to disable the app or to use anything other than the ones available through their own app. Is there a way to bypass or disable that feature so that I can use the custom, live-wallpaper that I want?

  6. Keira

    04/05/2017 at 11:08 am

    I follow these steps but Samsung is only allowing me access to their presets, how can I use my own pictures for the lock screen? I was able to before the update, can I still have a personalized lock screen?

  7. Adrián

    04/15/2017 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks. It worked.


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